Becoming Debt Free in 2009

December 28, 2008

Vet Bills

Filed under: Pets — ambercouric @ 10:15 pm
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I was just talking to my sister about our vet bills.  She just got a pure bred dog that is about a week younger than our new animal shelter adopted puppy.  I was surprised by the difference in the vet bills.  I was told by a friend that my vet is expensive and I should try this office on the other side of town.  First, let me say that we have had the same vet for 8 years.  Our older dog is a rescue dog that was hit by a car and left on the side of the road for dead.  My neighbor (who happened to be a surgeon) picked her up and took her to this particular vet.  She has a metal pin in her hip and because of this runs sideways.  Back to the point, we stayed with this particular vet because we honestly believe he is the best in town.

My sister said that her dog’s visit for checkup and shots is a third of what I paid for the first visit.  Our second visit was even more because of the skin rash.

I don’t mind paying for a quality doctor – I do the same for my family members – but I was a little surprised by the difference from one office to another.  The vet that we use is on the “rich” side of town and the other is on a “poorer” side of town.

I think it would be hard for me to change vets.  Just like a doctor for my kids I need to completely trust him.

Have you noticed big differences in vet fees within the same area?  Would you change vets based on the cost?



  1. i have to go the vet wayyy too much and i do think my vet costs much more than other vets in my town. but my dog has a chronic illness and our vet is really working hard for him.
    i have also notice that my vet’s prices seem a ton higher than last year…

    Comment by goodbear — December 28, 2008 @ 11:16 pm

  2. I get my animals shots at the clinic that our groomer hosts every month. You pretty much pay cost. I get our flea and heartworm stuff there, too. For major stuff, I had been going to a vet near my house. We wound up there for an emergency and stayed for about 1&1/2 years. The rescue I got a year ago has chronic ear infections and I have spent easily over a thousand dollars on him for four infections. When I noticed another infection brewing, I switched to a vet a coworker uses. The building isn’t as nice and they don’t have all the extras has our old vet, but in one visit they identified the cause of the infection (food allergies) and had him on a treatment plan. There have been a few follow-up visits, and the cost per appointment is about the same, but over the long run I think I will save money because they didn’t just send us off with antibiotics and ear wash. The old vet has a client website with all the medical history available, so I just printed the info off for the new vet and didn’t tell the old one we were leaving. I guess I’ll find out if they even noticed after I don’t respond to my check-up reminders.

    Comment by Rachel — December 29, 2008 @ 12:04 am

  3. I did comparison shop vets when I moved back to New England. I get a bit of a discount because I have multiple pets in the same practice, but yes, some practices are more expensive than others. I take my animals to two vets, one has special needs and has to see a specific vet who specializes in that type of care, the other animals see our “regular vet”. But you have a very valid point, I have to trust my vet. These animals are my kids!

    Comment by bouncing back betty — December 29, 2008 @ 10:43 am

  4. I hate to admit this, but I don’t comparison shop for my vet services. I pick the closest vet since my cat hates car rides. If travel distress is not an issue, then I probably would consider prices. Just like anything else, cost doesn’t necessarily equal quality. I would give the “cheaper” vet a try. If the vet doesn’t satisfy your pet’s needs, then stick with the vet you trust. Good luck in your decision making process.

    Comment by shtinkykat — December 29, 2008 @ 11:55 am

  5. Yes, I have noticed differences in vet costs. I think sometimes it can be the neighborhood. Sometimes its the equipment and facilities that office has that makes the cost more.

    I would say find a vet close that you trust and feel comfortable with. Then always have the information for a 24 hour emergency facility on hand in case of big emergencies.

    Comment by cheryl — December 29, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

  6. Our vet used to be quite affordable but recently they raised their prices a LOT. We stay because of one of the vets there, she has gone above and beyond for us. If she leaves we probably will look around, price matters but I think quality care and service are still paramount.

    Comment by Miss M — December 29, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

  7. When it turned out my dog was allergic to EVERYTHING and needed some blood tests, one vet quoted $500 and one quoted $280. It was no contest. I know and like both women and the cheaper on is 24 miles away but $220 is a big difference. I went with the cheaper one!

    Comment by SimplyForties — January 1, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

  8. We have a vet in town that has weekly shot clinics at Walmart. For our 2 Golden Retrievers, it’s about $75.00. The vet clinic works with future vet students from Texas A&M. Check out possible deals in your area.

    Comment by Bike mechanic — January 3, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

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